This French surname of GAUDET is of the baptismal group of surnames meaning 'the descendant of little Gaudi' (ruler). The name is also spelt GAUDI, GAUDET and GAUDETT. French, or rather Norman French, was the language of the aristocracy and the upper classes in England at the time fixed surnames were being developed, it is therefore not surprising that many of our well-known family names are derived from French words. Originally only Christian or personal names were used, and although a few came into being during the 10th century, surnames were not widely used until much later, when people began to realize the prestige of having a second name. America was colonized by peoples from all over the world in a very short period of time, and mostly, in the case of French immigrants they have stayed together in Louisiana. Of the early immigrants to America the French have fared the worst in respect of their names, chiefly because of the difficulties experienced by the Americans in pronouncing them correctly. Many have been translated into English names. A notable member of the name was Antoni GAUDI (1852-1926) the Spanish architect, who was one of the most brilliantly inventive of the exponents of Art Nouveau. He worked largely in Barcelona, which contains his enormous, unfinished cathedral La Sagrada Familia and a number of houses. His originality lay in his use of bizarre form and structure, and the brilliant collage of applique materials that ornament the surface of his forms. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
Orders over $90 qualify for Free Shipping within the U.S. (Use coupon code: FREESHIP).